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Full text of "news update, Southeast Conference, United Church of Christ, August 2011"

Our Church's Wider Mission 




Basic Support 



provides pastoral training and support, worship resources, 
leadership development, new church development, 
convening of General Synod, taking stands for justice, 
responding to natural disasters, feeding the hungry, caring 
for retired clergy, raising our children in faith. 



Special Support 



One Great Hour of Sharing provides clean water, 

food, education, health care, small business microcredit, 
emergency relief and advocacy/ resettlement for refugees 
and displaced persons. We also support domestic and 
international disaster preparedness and response. 

The Christmas Fund provides pension and health 
premium supplementation to low-income retirees, 
emergency assistance to clergy families in need and 
Christmas gift checks to hundreds of annuitants. 

Neighbors in Need goes to ministries of justice and 
compassion throughout the U.S., and helps support the 
UCC's Council for American Indian Ministries as well as 
justice and advocacy and direct service projects 
supported by Justice and Witness Ministries. 

Strengthen the Church goes to the stiiispeaking 

Ministry of the United Church of Christ, leadership for new 
and renewing churches, programs for youth and young 
adults, and leadership development. Conferences retain 
50% of all gifts to this offering. 

Is your Church 5 for 5? If your congregation received 
all four of the offerings shown above and contributes to 
Our Church's Wider Mission Basic Support, your church is 
5 for 5! 

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Through Our Church's Wider Mission, 
the Southeast Conference ... 

♦ Strengthens in all of our ministry the United Church of Christ as 
the presence of the Still Speaking God in the Southeast 

♦ Equips our local churches for faithful and effective mission 

♦ Develops and supports systems for our new and growing 
congregations 

♦ Maintains systems of communication to connect churches, the 
Conference and the national setting of the UCC 

♦ Equips, trains and supports our lay leaders and ministers for 
ministry through TAR Pathways, UCC seminaries, and the Center 
for Progressive Renewal 

♦ Nurtures and supports our missions in collaborating with 
all settings of the United Church of Christ, globally, national 
and regionally 

♦ Provides presence and staffing to church in transition and 
search for leadership 

♦ Supports our retired ministers 

♦ Witnesses to Christian unity by building relationships for 
mission with our ecumenical partners 

♦ Is present to church and families in crisis through our 
Disaster Relief Assistance Team (DART) 








Because we believe in God's continuing 
testament in the world, we ... 

♦ take stands for justice and peace 

♦ proclaim that God is still speaking 

♦ communicate the UCC's message of extravagant 
welcome 

♦ help local churches call pastors 

♦ gather for General Synod 

♦ vision and plan the future of UCC mission 

♦ teach best practices for pastors and congregations 

♦ nurture formation of those discerning a call to 
ministry 



Because we believe in extravagant 
welcome, we .. . 

♦ preach a welcoming and open understanding of 
Christian faith 

♦ respond to disasters and human tragedies 

♦ feed the hungry 

♦ send help around the world 

♦ reach out to our newest neighbors 

♦ nurture ecumenical and interfaith relationships 

♦ care for our retired UCC clergy and spouses 

♦ foster healthy and vital congregations 



Because we believe in transforming lives, 
we... 

♦ raise our children in faith 

♦ equip leaders for children's and youth ministries 

♦ foster beauty in worship 

♦ support clergy in their ministries 

♦ provide financing for new church starts and church 
buildings 

♦ provide administrative services to the church 



Gifts to Our Church's Wider Mission support this work 
through our Conferences, Local Church Ministries, Wider 
Church Ministries Justice and Witness Ministries, the 
Office of General Ministries, and The Pension Boards — 
United Church of Christ. 



Our Church's Wider Mission 

2011 National Mission Spending Plan 




Executive 
Council* 

Office of 

General 

Ministries 

Justice and 

Witness 

Ministries 



National 

Basic 

Support 



$785,500 



$1,962,711 



$1,146,177 






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Church 
Ministries 

Wider 

Church 

Ministries 

Pension 
Boards 

TOTAL 




$1,870,208 



Special 
Support 











$790,000 



Total 



$785,500 



$1,962,711 



$1,936,177 




$305,891 



$2,176,099 



$1,286,936 



$448,468 



$7,500,000 



$3,000,000 



$1,700,000 



$5,795,891 



$4,286,936 



$2,148,468 



$13,295,891 



*The Executive Council of the United Church of Christ provides governance 
and functions as General Synod between Synods. 



2011 Conference-Wide Mission: 



Administration/Operations 



Leadership and Church Development 




$290,700 



$197,000 



$31,500 



TOTAL 




$519,200 



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ontinuing testament. Extravagant welcome. Changing lives